Criminology is the study of crime, the investigation of the causes of criminal behaviour, and of society’s response to it.

Criminology is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc). Criminology may also be taken as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Criminology as a single major for the BSocSc, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Criminology, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete SOCIO102, SOCIO204, CRIMN301, SOCIO311, and SOCPY303.

To complete Criminology as part of a double major for the BSocSc, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Criminology, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete SOCIO102, SOCIO204, CRIMN301, SOCIO311, and SOCPY303.

To complete a minor in Criminology, students must complete 60 points from SOCIO102, SOCIO204, CRIMN301, SOCIO311 or SOCPY303.

Other qualifications

Prescriptions for:

Criminology papers

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Code and paper title Points
CRSCI101 Introduction to Security and Crime Science right arrow

This paper introduces the topics, theories, and approaches that make up Crime Science. The central focus is on understanding crime.

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Online)
FPSYC101 Introduction to Forensic and Criminological Psychology right arrow

This paper introduces students to forensic psychology and encompasses a wide range of topics derived from the intersection of psychology with the...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Online)
HISTY107 Aotearoa Histories: Past and Future right arrow

This introductory paper provides students with an overview of Aotearoa New Zealand's histories through hundreds of years of Māori and Iwi history and...

15 24B (Hamilton)
MAORI150 Te Tiriti o Waitangi: An Introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi right arrow

This paper seeks to provide a sound understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. It reviews historical and contemporary interpretations and takes into...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24B (Hamilton)
PACIS100 Introduction to Pacific Histories, Languages and Cultures right arrow

This paper introduces students to foundational elements of Pacific Studies, including various histories, languages and cultures and their importance...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Secondary School - Unistart)
PHILO106 Social and Moral Philosophy right arrow

An investigation of contemporary moral and social issues from a practical ethics perspective. Issues may include abortion, animal welfare...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Online) & 24A (Tauranga)
SOCIO102 The Sociology of Crime, Deviance and Social Justice right arrow

This paper provides students with an introduction to criminology and the criminal justice system, with a focus on the New Zealand context.

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
Code and paper title Points
CRSCI201 Understanding Crime Events right arrow

The focus of this paper is on crime as a potentially preventable event. Crimes occur in a patterned way that is partly determined by situational...

15 24B (Online)
FPSYC201 Psychology and Crime right arrow

Crime is a result of how people think, feel, and behave within their ecological context, making psychology one of the core disciplines in...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Online)
GEOGY219 Māori Lands and Communities right arrow

This paper introduces students to Māori geographical perspectives and examines key events that shape Māori communities and their relationships to...

15 24B (Hamilton)
LEGAL205 Foundations in Legal Studies right arrow

A paper to provide students with a basic understanding of the New Zealand legal system, and an introduction to the law of torts, contract, agency...

15 24A (Online)
PACIS200 Pacific Migration, Diaspora and Identity right arrow

This paper looks at the various socio-historic influences on migration in the Pacific and the relationship between Indigenous cultures of origin and...

15 24B (Hamilton)
POLSC224 Terrorism, Violence and the State right arrow

Terrorism is an increasingly prominent global phenomenon. We will clarify it conceptually and situate it historically with theory and case studies in...

15 No occurrences
PSYCH206 Social Psychology and Development right arrow

Social psychology topics include environmental psychology, social relationships, and helping and hindering others. Developmental psychology...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
SOCIO204 Punishment, Society and Social Justice right arrow

This subject will provide students with a critical understanding of the theoretical, political and policy issues associated with societies' response...

15 24B (Hamilton)
SOCPY200 Social Policy and Social Issues right arrow

The paper continues the study of social policy at 200 level. The focus of this paper is on the welfare state, the policy cycle as well as social...

15 24A (Online) & 24A (Tauranga)
Code and paper title Points
CRIMN301 Criminology right arrow

The paper overviews criminological approaches to the study of crime, causes of criminal behaviour, and society’s responses, developing familiarity...

15 24B (Online)
FPSYC301 Correctional Psychology: Theory, Research and Practice right arrow

This paper examines the application of psychological theory, research and practice to the operation of correctional systems and their various roles...

15 24B (Online)
GNSEX303 Intersectionalities: Identities and Inequalities right arrow

This paper provides a comprehensive review of the historical context for understanding contemporary issues of race, gender, sexuality, and social...

15 24B (Hamilton)
HISTY302 Blood, Land, DNA: Contemporary Indigenous Histories and Archives right arrow

This paper explores critical questions about power, sovereignty, and belonging in contemporary Indigenous history, focusing on Aotearoa, the Pacific...

15 24B (Hamilton)
IRSST331 Cyber Security and the Global Politics of the Internet right arrow

This course explores the global politics of cyber security and the internet. It covers the major political/strategic/theoretical debates around...

15 24B (Online)
LEGAL301 Crimes right arrow

The general principles of criminal liability.

30 24D (Hamilton) & 24D (Tauranga)
MAORI303 Critical Indigenous Theory right arrow

This paper looks at the key theoretical influences, from Marxism to post-structuralism, upon critical Indigenous studies and the most significant...

15 24B (Hamilton)
PSYCH302 Community, Culture and Diversity right arrow

The focus of this paper is the study of social justice, intersectionality, transformative interventions, and social change strategies that are...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
SOCIO311 Current Issues in Crime Control and Social Justice right arrow

This paper examines sociological explanations for criminal behaviour and examines issues within criminal justice.

15 24G (Online)
SOCPY303 Critical Feminism and the Prison State right arrow

This paper employs anti-carceral feminist theories and frameworks to explore the phenomenon of mass female imprisonment across nation states, with a...

15 24A (Online)
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2024 Catalogue of Papers information current as of 22 May 2024 01:00am